Novak Djokovic v Roger Federer In The 2016 Australian Open Semifinals, Who’s The Pick?
by Sean Randall | January 27th, 2016, 12:17 pm
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Boy do Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer play each other a lot. It seems every tournament they both enter, they end up meeting, often in the finals. Except Thursday night at the Australian Open where they will clash a round before, in the semifinals.

After Djokovic got the edge in last season 5 wins to 3, their head-to-head is now deadlocked at 22 apiece. And right now all the numbers are pointing toward Djokovic finally taking the lead in this series.

Djokovic is younger (28 to 34).

Djokovic is ranked higher (1 to 3).

Djokovic has been the better player (he’s won the last two Slams, the last two Masters Series plus the London Finals).

Djokovic has more titles than Federer at the Australian Open (5 to 4).

Djokovic has won 2 of 3 from Federer at the Australian Open, their last two in straight sets.

Djokovic has never lost an Australian Open semifinal or final match, Federer has.

And I could go on. Djokovic is the clear favorite, there’s no debate. But what does Federer bring to the table?

Federer will have the crowd.

Federer has more experience.

Federer has more variety, more shots, a SABR.

Federer has less pressure.

Federer has, on paper this week, been playing better.

Federer has the greater family (4 kids to 1).

Federer is Federer. He’s the GOAT, dammit.

So yes, despite all of Djokovic’s success in Australia, Federer will indeed have the crowd, the majority of it (not like US Open levels). And it’s his variety that gives Novak problems.

When you play Rafael Nadal, you know what’s coming. Same to a degree from Murray, but Andy doesn’t have the weight of shot that a Nadal or Federer has. Federer, though, can choose from so many different patterns of play. Serve/volley, baseline, baseline/attack, aggressive, defense and hell, the SABR plus he’s smart about. And I think it’s all those different options plus the fact that it is Federer, a man not in fear of Novak, that unnerves Novak.

The problem is, right now Novak’s simply the better player. I know Gilles Simon stretched Djokovic, but that was an outlier because Simon does that to people. Roger has looked sharp as a tack for the most part. So Federer absolutely has a chance, but it starts and ends with his serve, especially his second. If Roger can serve well and convert break chances, he’ll have a chance to win. If he doesn’t, he’ll lose.

That said, Federer’s greatest obstacle may be winning not two but three sets. At age 34 against a player in the very prime of his career, that’s going to be awfully tough. In two sets on a quick court like Dubai or Cincinnati, Federer can get on a run and win. But in best-of-5 there’s too much time for someone like Djokovic to reset.

We saw at Wimbledon, we saw again at the US Open. Federer can “hang” tough with Novak, but to do it over five sets is asking a helluva lot for a guy pushing 35.

Like I said, though, if Roger serves well and Djokovic lets down, comes out flat, it could go Federer’s way. Then again, Federer hasn’t won in Melbourne since 2010 and other than a win over Murray in the 2014 quarterfinals (the Scot’s first Slam after back surgery), the Swiss hasn’t beaten anyone in the Top 5 since. But I think he’ll make this interesting. He usually does.
The Pick: Djokovic in 4

As for the quarterfinals today, not much news. Andy Murray was just too strong in the end for Ferrer. I thought David played a really good second set but he lost his mojo once the roof shut given Murray the edge. Murray looks good to make it back to the final.

In the morning match (which I didn’t see), I was surprised Monfils even got a set. Raonic ended up winning that one 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. I know it’s only Monfils, but credit to Raonic. He’s not playing as many breakers anymore. The guy can actually break serve. That’s scary when you think about.

ESPN will have the Djokovic-Federer match live at an ungodly 3:30am ET. Set your clocks or set your DVR, VCR, Blue-Ray, Beta-Max or 8mm. Whatever it takes, just watch it. It’s the last time you’ll see these two play again until what…March at Indian Wells?

Novak Djokovic or Roger Federer, who’ll win their semifinal Thursday?


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435 Comments for Novak Djokovic v Roger Federer In The 2016 Australian Open Semifinals, Who’s The Pick?

Sirius Says:

“Federer has the greater family (4 kids to 1).”

this cracked me up


van orten Says:

Thank you!!!


RZ Says:

“I know it’s only Monfils” LOL


MMT Says:

I don’t think any of the things going for Federer matter at all – except that he has more variety. If there’s a way for him to bring Djokovic’s level down, it will come from variety, not hitting him off the court.

Of all the things you mentioned in Djokovic’s favor, I think the only one that is of any relevance is that he’s the better player at the moment. I think if they both bring their A game, Djokovic wins. Anything less than Federer’s A game, and Djokovic wins.

Unless Federer finds out Simon’s secret, I agree with your assessment – Djokovic in 4. Your analysis of the serve is spot on, but the serve alone is not enough, as you noted. Federer has served well and lost in the past – I think Fed has to serve well, and Djokovic’s level has to come down for him to have a chance.


Van Persie Says:

we’ll see tomorrow, who’s the daddy


All out Says:

At this point it’s safe to say the pressure is not on federer tomorrow. True he has got a lot of variety though personally I’ve found his baseline game a little less sharp for the last 2-3 years. Nothing short of his A-game is going to win Roger the semifinals tomorrow. The djoker has become a big match player of late.. He’s definitely going to go out there to prove that he is the best in the world. And I totally agree with the analysis.. If Roger can get his serve cracking past novak tomorrow he has a chance of making it to the final. But if he loses any of the first 2 sets he won’t have enough stamina to beat the current world no1. Cracker of a match.. Let the fireworks begin!!!


sisay Says:

I said it yday, i dont see 23-22 coming for nole…roger will walkover just to save his h2h till dubai…


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Unfortunately, I don’t think Federer unnerves Novak at all anymore (if he ever did). On the contrary, I think Fed is more unnerved in their last big encounters.


chrisford1 Says:

I disagree with Sean Randall that Federer and his mystique or whatever “unnerves” Djokovic.
I think the opposite is true. Djokovic is in Feds head, not as extreme as Rafa being perched between Rogers ears and whispering, “Give up, no? You know I love you as I beat you..”
But Novak is in there and Roger has to really work to pump his confidence up against Djokovic. And its tough. You have 5 big match Finals between the two in the last 2 years, and Novak has won them all. Wimbledon Final 2014. WTF 2014 Final that Fed did not contest. Wimbledon 2015 Final. USO 2015 Final, WTF 2015 Final(after Fed got a meaningless round robin win against Novak).
You have to go back to 2012 for the last time Roger beat Novak in a bigtime match (Wimbledon semis).
And before that, they traded shots robbing the other of big opportunities. Roger got Nole at 2010 WTF, and 2011 French Open semis when Djokovic had Rafa on the ropes. But you would have to say that Novak robbing Fed of 2 USO Finals when he held match points on Djokovic each time hurt the most and likely still stick in Fed’s craw…

To the present – Roger has been in better form, but Djokovic came back very good from Simon’s shot at him. Roger has seen much of his arsenal, including SABR, neutralized by Djokovic. He knows that at the last USO and the WTF, Djokovic has neutralized the Fed fans as a factor. Tuned them out or taken their taunts as affirmations each time he hears them that they think only crowd support can “save our Feddy Bear”. The AO is Djokovic’s favorite place.

So, IMO, it is of course possible that any of the Final 4 could win it. But logic says you bet on Novak if money is involved!!


Dave Says:

I could see Fed winning if the courts are playing as fast as Cincinnati o Dubai. If that is somehow the case, Federer would take time away from Nole and prevail in 4 sets. The court speed seems to be the key in their matches on hard courts. Indian Wells isn’t as fast, Nole wins. Dubai and Cincinnati are fast, Federer wins. U.S. Open is more in between, you have a tight match all the way. Court speed is huge. Federer feels so much more comfortable and his game flows so nicely on the faster courts and Nole can’t seem to break his rhythem.


PJ Says:

What’s the weather supposed to be like, and who has the advantage if the roof is closed?


Gypsy Gal Says:

Disagree with Sisays theory that Federer will do a W/O to protect his H2H with Novak,what nonsense….


RZ Says:

No way does Fed do a W/O. Fed almost never does W/Os (ATP Finals in 2014 was an exception due to the back injury and upcoming Davis Cup final) and has never retired from a match. Unless some sort of family crisis comes up, he’s playing the semifinal.


madmax Says:

Have to agree with you Sean.

Nevertheless,

With Djokovic improving his serve and volleys in the past year, the only way to beat him is to go forward, 1968 Wimbledon finalist Tony Roche said an interview at Melbourne Park.

“If I were coaching somebody that’s playing Djokovic, it’d tell them to get in more,” Roche said. “Roger has done that in two-out-of-three set matches. But you’ve got to sustain that sort of pressure for three, four of five sets and that takes a lot of doing and you just can’t all of a sudden switch on to do that, you’ve got to be doing that for two or three years to be able to do it.”

The thing is, Roger has surpassed his form of last year, having gone out in the third round. He puts himself at the business end of tournaments time and time again, still gets bashed for doing so, but for me?

Best ever. Just so good to see him playing, and playing well.

Think it will be a close contest as it usually is with these two, hoping for a complete success with the new addition of Luby to Fed team, but expect Novak to continue with his world domination.


Ben Pronin Says:

There are a lot of ways to beat Djokovic. It’s all about execution, though. The problem for players is that Djokovic has adapted very well to all kinds of strategies and requires his opponent to execute at the highest level. Wawrinka beat Djokovic with heavy and deep balls off both wings. And he did it for pretty much all 4 sets, even though he started a bit slow. If he let up a bit, and stopped hitting so deep or took some pace off, Djokovic would have gotten back into the match and probably won.

Simon was driving Djokovic insane for 4 sets with off pace shots in the middle of the court. Until the 5th set where Djokovic adjusted better but also, and very crucially, Simon started to miss. The first break Djokovic got in the fifth set came when Simon was up 40-0 and missed a couple of shots in a row that he hadn’t been missing up to that point.

It’s all about execution at this level and Djokovic executes better than anyone.


RF Says:

Fed in 3.

7-6 6-4 7-5


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Ben, there are not a lot of ways to beat Djokovic.

signed,
All Players


Okiegal Says:

Da Joker in a 5 setter…….


Wog Boy Says:

I have a feeling that Ljubicic will be sitting tonight in front row, with his shiny head in full sight..


kriket Says:

“And I think it’s all those different options plus the fact that it is Federer, a man not in fear of Novak, that unnerves Novak.”

Really? I thought it was the other way around. How do you mean “not in fear of Novak, unnerves Novak”? If anything, it’s Novak that’s not in fear of Federer and that unnerves Federer, really. That sentence is completely false.


Wog Boy Says:

By the time match starts temperatura will be 22 or 71 for Americans, with pretty high humidity. Chance for rain is pretty high too.


kriket Says:

off topic, in the other thread Sean said “I know it’s only Monfils…”. What happened to “my man Monfils” Sean? :)


Django Says:

I hear they will close the roof?I will be asleep during the match and watch when I wake up.
God help Nole if the SABR happens.


skeezer Says:

“…..with pretty high humidity. ‘
=
SLOOWWWWW.
Harder to hit through the ball with humid conditions. Speed gets killed and defense backboard style wins.


J-Kath Says:

I don’t quite understand the arguments back and forth (on many threads, e.g. Tennis com) that because it is a semi-final and not a final that somehow there will be a different attitude by both players concerning the result.

To my simple mind, one will win and go to the final and the other will be defeated and will take the next plane home.

Same scenario exists for Murray vs Milos. Yes/No?

I’m not predicting, but it is my view that Nole will win.


Daniel Says:

Tomorrow is my birthday and I’ll skip work. Let’s see if Roger gives me a present and bet Djoko. Although I don’t see it happening. Even so will be glad Djoko winning and keeping his final streak and going for 11. Cheering form to win all 4 in a row. That would be something!! Fed and Nadal couldn’t but maybe Djoko will be the chosen one!


RZ Says:

Happy Birthday Daniel!


Markus Says:

Daniel, if you’ve been a good boy, you just may get your birthday wish. If you haven’t been, then damn you! But happy birthday, anyway!


AndyMira Says:

“Federer is Federer,he’s the goat dammit”..Ha!Ha!Sean..very funnyyyyy..federer it is then..


Matt Says:

Pretty simple really, if there’s a difference on the court. There IS a difference in the box, so we’ll see.

In the end, no matter what Fed pulls out of his hat, probably has to go 5 to even have a real chance. Just too much to overcome.

Has to hit WITH Nole. That’s a start. Can’t go THROUGH him.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

The other day I was so full of hope. All the armchair analysts have drained it out of me.


James Says:

Djoke in 4. Fed will be competitive the first two sets as usual, then fade away. What else do you expect from a 34 year old against a 28 year old at peak form on a slower hard court?

Fed should use the slice backhand more. Djoke loves pace, since he can redirect it better than anyone else. If you don’t give him pace and the ball is low, he has to CREATE pace and then he makes more errors. Simon exploited that perfectly – expect that he didn’t have any weapons – including a weak serve. Fed shouldn’t try to outhit Djoke, which he can’t now. That’s a mistake he has made many times in the last couple of years. Change the pace.


T Dawg Says:

I think Nola will win, but only because Fed plays tight.

Nola/K was bad – they both played bad. Nola is very beatable – his game is ugly except for his backhand. Serve ugly, forehand ugly.

This is a mental sport tho, and Nola is too much for Fed.

The game has changed these last few years – the 2 best players in the world are pushers.

We’re going to see 2 players in the final pushing like 12 year old girls – but they’re dang good at it lol.


tennisfansince76 Says:

I’m not getting caught up in any silly optimistic scenarios again. Ooooh federer is serving so well! He is hitting the the ball so smooth! Surely he can defeat djokovic this time. No let us face it the djokovic match up is where dreams go to die.


jane Says:

tennis vagabond, if i were you i’d ignore the predictions and enjoy the match. with fed and novak, regardless of age and surface, you just never know. only fed got 3 wins over nole last season. they don’t have the same match up issues as some of the other rivalries.


jane Says:

tfs76, depends who’s dreaming and about what. ;)


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Thanks Jane. I’m sure I’ll feel genuine, true-believing, hope at some point, even if it doesn’t last.

Enjoy the match. I think I’ll still sleep for the first hour, so I can watch on video and fast forward the commercials.


mat4 Says:

I hope we will have a great match, and let’s the better Novak win!


mat4 Says:

Sorry: let the better… Novak win!


mat4 Says:

I was searching something else, but I stumbled again on this interview of Boris Becker.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAeO-5XKtkY

The guy is really a fighter. Some delicious statements, full of poison, and some great answers to Mats Wilander.


skeezer Says:

I find it amazing that some are on pins and needles about Nole maybe beating Fed. Fact is, it holds no sizzle. Fed is no where in his prime, Nole is lined up against fighting an old boxing foe, who has still a good punch or two, but even with a win against Fed it won’t be as special as a win against some else in his prime like Rafa or Murray. The only special story line here is if the old man pulls off the upset against a player in his prime and currently worlds #1.


BBB Says:

I’m interested in the notion that Federer doesn’t have pressure in these matches. Is that really true? He really wants #18, and his opportunities to get it won’t last forever. I thought his play in the last two majors against Djokovic reflected tension that is hard to explain but for his own sense of pressure.


Dave Says:

mat4, Thank you for that interview. I just watched it. Amazing interview actually. Mats and Boris are super genuine and real in it. Love it. Boris leaves no stone unturned when it comes to tactics. Nole is in good hands, that’s for sure. I knew Boris was insightful, but I didn’t realize just how insightful he was until after that interview. He is very intelligent and sees the game with great depth. Thanks again for the interview.

Wog Boy,

If your out there, I am about to watch Peaceful Warrior and get mentally prepared for this match. Less than 5 hours away until match time. It should be a good match. No predictions tonight from me. Just appreciate the good tennis and hope for a Nole win. No guarantees over here.


Django Says:

Dave
I will have to check out that movie. Eckhart tolle liked it too.

Mat
Yes great interview. Boris has great insights.
Thank you


Dave Says:

Django,

That’s why I watched it. I have his book, the power of now and have read it a few times. Out of all the movie Eckhart Tolle has recommended, this one by far explains everything about the ego and the essence in such a simple way. It’s very inspiring. Nole is always talking about being in the moment and not letting his ego get the best of him. He is my favorite player because of how he is able to deal with his ego when he is confronted during the middle of a tense and stressful situation during a match. I have noticed that Federer lets his ego get the best of him vs Nadal and now Nole. When everything is going smoothly, Federer looks like he is the best ever, as soon as he is losing and his ego confronts him, he doesn’t know how to deal with it and looks completely lost, especially in grand slams against Nadal, more so than Nole. When you actually are able to go deeper and understand everything behind the players, it makes it much more interesting. This movie brings out how to have the proper view of why you play a sport or do anything in life. The most powerful scene for me is when the guy is high up on a ledge of a building and he is confronted by another person, his ego. He is the essence, the other guy is his ego and how he is conflicted between his essence and his ego and realizes what he needs to do. It’s a very powerful scene. Let me know what you think of it.


kjb Says:

^ ^

Huh!?!


chrisford1 Says:

A more recent, short but worth seeing Jan 25th 2016 interview with Becker on Novak’s place in the game, in the present time.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YnzF91SBTU


Jeez Says:

Completely unrelated but Granollers-Pujol.M who is

currently playing with Cuevas P Against Nestor

D./Stepanek R in mens double semi-final is also

to play against Correia J. (Bra) in ITF MEN

SINGLES: Castelldefels (Spain), clay 16:45 GMT.

Is it because he feels he would not win the semis or the matches can always be cancelled or rescheduled??


tennisfansince76 Says:

@jane yes eye of the beholder and all that. Well let me offer you precongratulations. Enjoy it.


Michael Says:

I have to agree with Sean. Although I feel that Roger can fancy his chances if he serves a good first serve percentage of over 75% throughout the match and that is a tall order which might click once in a while if it happens to your day and poor conversion of break points which is Roger’s nemesis. If he can overcome that, then may be his chances will get brighter.

That said, there is nobody who can trouble Novak like Roger with his variety and mixture of play and that would certainly play upon Novak’s mind and make him a little bit circumspect.

For Roger, the key lies in winning the first set. If he loses it, then it will be curtains down. So, he has to be sharp right from the word go and not allow Novak the freedom to dictate play from the back of the court. All said and done, I feel Novak will emerge triumphant with Roger falling short !


skeezer Says:

^yes and let me offer the same. Nole fans enjoy the beating of a 34 yr old who should have no business to compete against a current world #1 in his prime. No xcuse for defeat!


sisay Says:

I guess last night nole was not watching 300…this time he should have watched Troy…u know what i mean…


Van Persie Says:

Van orten, are U there? :)
If not, enjoy your scotch or whatever U have


madmax Says:

Skeezer,

We can always believe in the Fed and his accomplishments so far may spur him on to the win.

Should be a great match!


calmdownplease Says:

I think it’s official now.
Virginia Wade has become senile!


Gypsy Gal Says:

No horse in the race,will pull for Fed though,just hope the winner of the whole thing comes from the other side,would be fantastic to see either Milos winning his first GS,or Murray to win his first AO title after 5 tries,even if it means i wont win the bracket challenge where im currently top….


calmdownplease Says:

ooh very convincing game


Gypsy Gal Says:

CDP Whom are you rooting for,or dont you care,just as long as Murray makes the final and wins the thing eh??….


Van Persie Says:

Nole idemoooo!


FedExpress Says:

Fed shiiting in his pants already


Gypsy Gal Says:

^WOW Classy talk there Fedexpress^….


calmdownplease Says:

any long rallies will be an immediate advantage Novak
I don’t thin Fed has won a single time in this situation Novak’s hitting far deeper and looking very sharp
Roger is shanking already
Actually, my prediction now is a straight sets win for Novak,


FedExpress Says:

Nole in 3 i am afraid. Zero ue and many winners from him. Overpowerig fed


Daniel Says:

Wow, by this 3 games a lone Djoko is in super form, his shots are flying fast, quick 3-0.

Looks like this will be a quick match.

As said, wouldn’t surprise me at all Dkoko winning today in 3 and finals in 3 as well.


calmdownplease Says:

GG I’m obviously rooting for a 5 setter dear
and like a REAL Djokovic fan would never feel conflicted about supporting Fed
(except Im not, really ;0)
Sadly, Fed is really not up to the task and just looks ancient
Oh well he’ll get on the boards at least


Daniel Says:

At least they are playing pretty quick going for their shots, 3-1 in 10 min


Gypsy Gal Says:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DANIEL ;))….


FedExpress Says:

Wtf are these groundstrokes fed


Daniel Says:

Second return winner by Fed in 2 games from Djoko. Like this attitude


FedExpress Says:

Fed mentally weak and cant think clear


Daniel Says:

Thanks GG;-)

Fed Express, he is running away his BH to start hitting FH from the get go, riskier


calmdownplease Says:

Yeah Dan!
Have a few Caipirinhas on me tonight dear boy

HAPPY BIRTHDAY !


FedExpress Says:

Hp daniel


Daniel Says:

Dmm,love how Djoko decided to push Fed’s FH this point and hit all shots there to have Fed second guessing and eventually et the mistake, perfect strategy from Djoko, Fed 0-30


Gypsy Gal Says:

This match could slip by very quickly,Fed aint doing anything to hurt Novak….


FedExpress Says:

The length from nole just out of this world


Daniel Says:

Djoko not missed a single shot in 6 games so far and 14 min, Double BP


calmdownplease Says:

Roger thinks he can deal with Novak on the baseline…

WRONG!


Daniel Says:

Sorry, 18 min and he gets the break, 5-1.

Amazing Djoko showing why he is #1 and Rod Laver is his turf, showed already that today the focus is another beast than previous matches


FedExpress Says:

Just shake hands fed


Van Persie Says:

Wow, Roger plays worse then Rafa in Doha :)


calmdownplease Says:

Roger will be humiliated here
Novak straight-setted him years ago FFS
Okay it’s a bit faster but still
Are we finally going to accept reality about Roger now
He needs to retire after the Olympics
And get out of the way


Daniel Says:

Wow!!!

This is the best set Djoko have ever played so far against Federer. Doha mode!


van orten Says:

Just waiting for better times here


FedExpress Says:

Wtf are these fuckiing passing shots


Daniel Says:

Thanks guys!


Van Persie Says:

Oh, VAn orten, did miss you.:) Chill man, your guy is still considered the GOAT
You are my favorite Fed fan, really


calmdownplease Says:

Oh but he’s still going to be number 2 in the world
If an elephant falls on Novak, he could grab a slam!
He’s the maestro after all
blah blah blah
Total domination and we are DONE


FedExpress Says:

Oh man.make it at least competitve


Gypsy Gal Says:

Its reminiscent of the FO final in 2008,wouldnt be surprised if the score was the same either,its painfull to watch arguably the greatest player of all time losing so badly….


Gannu Says:

Terrible play from Roger…no hope…just shocking

and body language is so weak….

No competition…feel sad to see him reduced to such a state


van orten Says:

I would really like to kick ur culo Cdp


Daniel Says:

Fed needs to serve close to 80 to have any chance of maybe forcing a breaker.


mat4 Says:

This match is not over yet.


Gypsy Gal Says:

CDP LOL To your post at 4.04am….


Jac Says:

Oh all analyzes before, all predictions, previous matches, tournament so far…. and no one predicted THIS


Daniel Says:

It’s not much Fed could do in that set, he played just 1 bad game.
Facing BP first service game, he save and c’mob. Maybe get the crowds more to him.

Djoko is just better now!


calmdownplease Says:

‘arguably the greatest player of all time’

Yes Dear

ARGUABLY


J-Kath Says:

Happy birthday Daniel. It’s my wedding anniversary today ……but obviously not celebrating….instead I’ll celebrate your birthday and have a couple of whiskies later.

Wow Djokovitch – 1st set in what…20 minutes.


calmdownplease Says:

good hold however
c’mon Rogerator at least show some self respect


Gypsy Gal Says:

Mat4 no horse in the race,but its always great to see a competitive match when you get to the semis….


Tennisfan Says:

Surely no one is surprised by this? I said from the start Fed doesn’t stand a chance. He’s nearly 35 and past his prime, up against a dominant in-prime Novak at his favorite major. Novak is better than Fed at this point in his career, there is no doubt about it. I’m just glad Roger made it to the semi.


Daniel Says:

There is 2 to tango and so far Djoko didn’t give any room for Fed.

2 aces this game alone. He is in sublime form tonight just as expected considering is later rounds of Slam, and a Slam he never lost semis or finals


calmdownplease Says:

‘it’s no problem being a set down’
according to this Idiot Mats Wilander
Roger has only beaten Novak once in this situation recently..


Gypsy Gal Says:

J-Kath ahh,maybe you can light a candle and sit quietly or say some words about your lovely Walter,thinking of you my dear ;)….


calmdownplease Says:

I’m angry at Andy actually
Roger has NO business trying to stem the Serbian tide
He’s simply past it, the poor thing


Vinod Says:

At this rate , match will be over in an hour :(


FedExpress Says:

i am switching off. too painful to watcj


Daniel Says:

Yes TF, not surprised at all. My take now is will be very hard to anybody take set off him finals as well.

You look to Djoko and he seems he just finished a bootle of coffee totally in the match. He knows how well he is playing, Fed is struggling and he wants it to be fast, a statement win.


Daniel Says:

Too many errors by Fed, 17 in 13 games is a lot. FH misfiring.


Gypsy Gal Says:

CDP If Novak wins this 1,1,1,you should put this in your memory bank and remind a certain poster everytime she mentions 0,1,you know who i mean the lady from Amsterdam??….


Patson Says:

Since Fed’s 17 slams include a slam win against Agassi who was 35 when Fed beat him US Open 2005, the cut-off age after which we should not give any credit to Nole whenever he beats Fed should be 35 years.

Sounds fair right ?


calmdownplease Says:

I disagree, Andy or Raonic will be more competitive than this
Just because Fed can’t hack means nothing


Daniel Says:

^11 games^


El_matador Says:

this roger has been novak’s main ‘rival’ since 2014..greatest era in men’s tennis..even greater than 2004-06…


calmdownplease Says:

she has stopped saying actually GG
she even stopped talking about Cilics level at the USO
I think her meds have been changed to better effect
But it won’t stop ME of course
I think it just might be 1,1 and 1!
lol


Pauly Says:

Djokovic Masterclass
Federer is finished in 3 sets


Daniel Says:

A point that should be over but a Djoko defense lobby lands in and he win the point, jeez Everything working on his favor. This could be 30-0 now 15-15


Daniel Says:

That point messed this game, 15-40 and no first serves anymore.


calmdownplease Says:

No Patson, it’s whatever age fed is NOW (34 and a bit)
Jesus ,this is dreadful!


Daniel Says:

Fed knowing that he is about to be embarrassed, sinking in.. 4-1, double break again Novak


Gypsy Gal Says:

Very dissapointing match,hope the other one is better tomorrow….


van orten Says:

Does he play with first serves today ? This s hard to watch not because of novaks level..but no first serves at all so the outcome is pretty clear to me


calmdownplease Says:

‘this roger has been novak’s main ‘rival’ since 2014..greatest era in men’s tennis..even greater than 2004-06…’

Can’t really disagree with that.
Blame Andy (or his surgery) and Nadal’s weird collapse and strange balding patterns to boot..


Van Persie Says:

Wow…I did not expect that level of play from Nole :)


Daniel Says:

The question now is how many games will Fed do this match?!


Patson Says:

Massacre.

It’s all gravy baby.


calmdownplease Says:

Roger will never beat Novak again outside of those two very quick courts
And that might change this year also…
Disgraceful!


Nikola Says:

Can someone bring Simon on the court?


Daniel Says:

An Unforced Error by DJoko, those exists!!! 4 so far…


calmdownplease Says:

I like a good massacre in the morning
but this is GENOCIDE


Van Persie Says:

I guess Roger has now respect for Nole!!…Roger is scared


calmdownplease Says:

Has Roger come in at all?
It’s like he has forgotten all of his tactics!


Patson Says:

If this were a boxing match, the ref would’ve stopped the fight.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Even Mirka looks sick to the back teeth….


Daniel Says:

Yeah, serve and volley!


Patson Says:

But then again, it’s all gravy baby.


Daniel Says:

Net killing Fed.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Nikola even as a Novak fan you must be finding this painfull to watch….


van orten Says:

The funny thing is their man wins and all those djoker fans can do is go after roger ..does it hurt so much that fed is more popular around the world…why don’t you just cherrish ur man’s level of play .instead you just hate on roger…u poor creatures…what the fuck will you do when his time is over ?? Go after raonic??


Gypsy Gal Says:

Patson lol,its all gravy baby….


Daniel Says:

Djoko even got to that shot. Fed saving a set point, deuce. He needs 2 good serves. Make Djoko at least serve it


van orten Says:

The funny thing is their man wins and all those djoker fans can do is go after roger ..does it hurt so much that fed is more popular around the world…why don’t you just cherrish ur man’s level of play .instead you just hate on roger…u poor creatures…what the **** will you do when his time is over ?? Go after raonic??


Patson Says:

#WarCrimesInMelbourne


Nikola Says:

GG i wanted a good match . I am not even watching now. Just a live score.


Patson Says:

@van orten

Because it’s all gravy baby.


calmdownplease Says:

He WON he WON he WON!

a game……


jatin Says:

FedExpress
I am just switching in mate. And man, am I shocked.
Hope Fed can make 3rd set somewhat competitive.


Daniel Says:

No 1 and 1;-)

So far 1 and 2, looks like Doha.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Patson and Van Orton im loving your posts so funny i cant stop laughing….


calmdownplease Says:

Roger has tried to beat Novak from the BL with utterly predictable results
Simon was VASTLY more astute than this display of Idiocy
You play Novak from the BL and you have NO chance!


Patson Says:

@calmdownplease

With so much that Fed has achieved, Fed does not need to win the match; in fact, the match needs to win him.


Van Persie Says:

Van Orten,…come on, do not bring that stupid thing with the popularity. I tgought you are smarter then this


madmax Says:

Just switched on and looks pretty much a whitewash.

Really thought that Fed would have started better..and to receive is not normally a strategy he would use.

No matter.


madmax Says:

This is going to be over in no time…unless Fed finds a way!

(and I hope not the highway!)

Got to keep supporting him so C’mon Fed!


Pauly Says:

This is unbelievable
No one could predict this thrashing
Federer was flat from start


Patson Says:

@Gypsy Gal

Please stay tuned. We’ve just started here.


van orten Says:

Wow the crowd loves nole ..the whole stadium chanting his name …nole nole nole …wow so much love I am overwhelmed…nole nole nole hahahahhahaha


FedExpress Says:

congratz all novak fans. u man was/is 1000 times than fed and the rest of the tour. he deserves it.

fed, good tournament. only one player kept u away from winning the GS the last three times. and sadly it was the best on the tour right now


Pauly Says:

Federer big mistake
Winning toss
Letting Djokovic serve first


Margot Says:

Nole’s got that look in his eye and may God help whoever faces him in the final.


Daniel Says:

Let’s see if he makes 3 games third set!


calmdownplease Says:

@Patson

😂


jatin Says:

Fed express
Just switched in. I am shocked to see the result.
Hope fed can somehow make it competitive in this set


danica Says:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DANIEL! ;)

Federer seems like he did not wake up at all from last night. I can’t fathom this game. Nole looks to fast, powerful and precise for him. Not that I am complaining of course. Catching some sleep would do me good.


Patson Says:

@Margot

Glad to see you here.

A champaign for all the ladies in the house please ! Gravy for all the men.


calmdownplease Says:

If Roger wins this game he’ll take it ot 5 at least and win it the hard way
He is, after all, the T.M.F!!!!!!!


Margot Says:

Lol Patson @4.31.
So funny!


Van Persie Says:

I am so glad, Nole humiliates him like that…an arrogant like Fed deserves this. I was sorry for Rafa…but not for this one!
Coem on, Nole!!! we want to have 6-0 in the last!!!!


Daniel Says:

Nice FH winner wrong footing Djoko.


van orten Says:

Van p I am just being provocative…all you can do reading those hate messages …is at least screw back a little ;)))


sisay Says:

Gypsy.. No offence but dont u think roger better wo than this result?


Daniel Says:

Game, no 6-0 set on TMF!!


jatin Says:

Atleast I saw him win a game
1-0
Comon Fed


calmdownplease Says:

Now the comeback begins!
Oh yeah baby!


madmax Says:

calmdownplease Says:
If Roger wins this game he’ll take it ot 5 at least and win it the hard way
He is, after all, the T.M.F!!!!!!!

January 28th, 2016 at 4:38 am

You heard it here first eh CDP?

No matter. This is a whitewash and I am surprised it isn’t more competitive, but this is how it is.

Glad he made it to the SFs.

It ain’t over yet (but may be soon).

Could anyone have predicted it would be this quick.

Novak has the eye of the tiger!

ROAR! Wow!


Daniel Says:

Stretch for a difficult drop volley


calmdownplease Says:

Well, he’s kept Novak out there for an hour with still a ways to go
That’s quite good, isn’t it?
I mean I couldn’t do that!


jatin Says:

WOW fed


Gypsy Gal Says:

Sisay no because Federer takes the integrity of the sport very seriously win or lose….


Daniel Says:

Fed lost timing on the ball after a super aggressive return. His FH is letting him down, to many errors


Van Persie Says:

Van O, I guess you appreciate my new moniker :)


Margot Says:

Hi Patson :)
Good to see you here too, making me laugh …..intentionally of course.
Some of the comments on here are hilarious….do hope Andy doesn’t cause similar tomorrow….;)


Patson Says:

If Fed were Rocky, THIS is the moment when he throws a punch at Nole and sees him bleed. YES ! He’s human !

Ljubicic shouting in the stands: TAKE IT TO HIM ! TAKE IT TO HIM !


calmdownplease Says:

Novak is amazing Tonight
But my eyes are not deceiving me about this total mental & tactical collapse from Fed
Very poor for a slam semi!


Daniel Says:

2-1, finally “leading” kkk


Vinod Says:

Finally some competitive tennis


Patson Says:

@Margot

When I learned Fed will play Nole today in the SF, I said to myself: I gotta feeling, I gotta feeling, that tonight’s gonna be a good night :)

Glad that you’re enjoying.


jatin Says:

2 games.
One step at a time Fed. How about trying a SABR now.


Daniel Says:

Let’s see if Fed can make to deuce in one of Djoko’s serve because that hasn’t happen yet, let alone maybe a break.

Djoko is averaging an ace per service game.


calmdownplease Says:

a GAME!

Better Fed old boy
coming in a little bit too, see that helps!


Gypsy Gal Says:

Hi Jatin,nice to see you here,sad to say but this match looks like a bit of a whitewash to say the least,Novak looks too good for anyone at the moment,credit should go to Roger for making it to the semis,which is still a fantastic achievement….


Daniel Says:

Everything Fed is trying not working, second serve return FH at the net.


calmdownplease Says:

He would have been better served going out at the quarters GG!


Patson Says:

Confucious said and I quote: A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step; a victory in a 5 set match starts with a single game — and yes, it’s all gravy baby.


Margot Says:

Well enjoying now Patson as Fed has woken up and decided to take CDP’s advice. …..;) Bit of a whitewash up till then.
Bloody hell, he ought to get a set at least.
Happy Birthday Daniel. Hope you have a good day, whatever the result.


Daniel Says:

First ugly UE FH from Djoko


calmdownplease Says:

You know when you get out the wrong side of the bed……

Sublime CC FH from Novak!


MgMg Says:

Ivan ljubicic might be worried about his job right now.


jatin Says:

Something


Daniel Says:

Thanks Margot,

Actually I am pretty at ease, Djoko’s level is a joy to watch also, even against Fed and knowing that he access his top form when needed at the business end of Slams. Seems 2015 will continue for a while longer.

Fed saves BP, sT serve is working for him!


jatin Says:

3 games.
Comon Fed……


J-Kath Says:

Gypsy Gal…thank you. Lovely thought.

GG and Margot: Maybe we should hope Raonic beats Andy???????


calmdownplease Says:

I’d walk a million smiles for one of Fed’s miles Patson, to at least make this interesting

Well he ‘s graduated to 3 games, better dear boy!


Daniel Says:

Fed gets to , if they play 3 more sets I bet he forces a tiebreak going up the ladder.


mat4 Says:

Difficult match for Novak. He has to remain focused until the end, because Fed has nothing to lose now.


jatin Says:

Hey Gypsy gal.
Yeah, a very nice achievement for fed considering his age.
Atleast i didn’t see the first two sets as i was sleeping. :)

Novak is untouchable right now


calmdownplease Says:

Maybe we should hope Raonic beats Andy???????’

Pish Posh!
Andy (or even Milo) will be far better than this
Roger is having a live abortion on international television


Daniel Says:

DF Djoko, second ugly UE


Gypsy Gal Says:

Patson,Fed is playing for the love of the game,he has nothing to prove anymore,17 GS,its all gravy baby lol….

Sorry Madmax and Fed fans,and no offence,just some light hearted teasing….


Daniel Says:

Nice BH DTL with not much power from Fed and error Djoko, first time Djoko is 15-30 down in a service game


calmdownplease Says:

‘Difficult match for Novak…’

bwahahahaha!


jatin Says:

Comon fed
15-30


Gypsy Gal Says:

J-Kath lol err no just noooo….


Daniel Says:

Yeah, best point Fed played all night. Open BH cross court and an attacked the net, 15-40, double BP!!


jatin Says:

That’s more like it fed… Break him


Vinod Says:

come on !!!


calmdownplease Says:

He’s coming in much more now and it is giving him results

I can’t BELIEVE he didn’t do this all along


Daniel Says:

Damm, too long…FH error n BP


FedExpress Says:

they came and went according to my scorer


calmdownplease Says:

another effing UE

I do wish for Roger to get this break/set


Daniel Says:

Another BP!


calmdownplease Says:

Oh FFS

AGAIN?!


Daniel Says:

Again FH long, was on the run and went for the winner. Was the shot but missed execution


calmdownplease Says:

to defensive at the BL
so predictable


Daniel Says:

Fed trying to remove pace and some floating slices deep, better to cut slices. Adv Novak


Daniel Says:

Perfect drop shot.

This game Fed is saving his honor with his variety at least. How he should be paying the whole match.


Daniel Says:

Djoko ace to put a bucket of ice on him


calmdownplease Says:

c’mon Fed dig deep ,you can break!


van orten Says:

There is the difference he had the break on his Wilson…just the forehand inside and u got it ..but no again a miss by little ..


Daniel Says:

Djoko serving great tonight, another ace


FedExpress Says:

now watch him get broken


Daniel Says:

Another return winner by Fed. This level is what we expected from both to begin with.

Wow Fed!!


calmdownplease Says:

what a CC!
You have to do something special Roger
You finally get it!


Daniel Says:

Hawk eye indeed Djoko,


Daniel Says:

And he breaks, yeah!!!


calmdownplease Says:

YES!

now take the set
We muzzans need you to do this


jatin Says:

WHAT A GAME ROGER…
That’s more like it…
COmon


nits Says:

finally federer breaks


FedExpress Says:

plz dont get broke


Gypsy Gal Says:

Yes we have a contest now,at least for this set….


Daniel Says:

Crowds went nuts as they want more match.

Now the match is getting some fire, hope he can keep it up for a while longer.


calmdownplease Says:

another long shot!
it’s like he has just started playing on this court yesterday!


Daniel Says:

Fed’s FH is just off today, he is missing too much long cross court. 15-30


Patson Says:

And is THAT the punch Fed needed to throw to believe that he can take down Nole ?

Things are definitely interesting now ! Let’s forget about the gravy for now.


Daniel Says:

Wow, run FH like Nadal and unleashed FH DTL winner, confidence shot!!


jatin Says:

That is federer at his very best.
Sustain this level fed..
Comon


madmax Says:

Oh My!


calmdownplease Says:

2-5!

Even I as a anti-fed fan am very pleased for Roger
He won’t win, but he has saved face here
And stopped Novak just cruising to another slam


FedExpress Says:

i didnt expect that tbh


Daniel Says:

5-2. Can’t believe my eyes.

The small dip in Djoko’s level was expected when you win 2 easy sets, although Djoko had BP in this set first. But when he made the DF in that game he kind of let Fed in the match. Now he will have to serve to stay alive and force Fed to serve the set and maybe he will have another chance to break.

Fed more relaxed and going for hastiest, even with a FH miss, but at least they are not as constant as before. Fed’s momentum now


FedExpress Says:

the real test will be if he can serve it out


J-Kath Says:

@calmdownplease 4.55

Exactly what I wanted someone to say….GG also.
C’mon Andy……..


Daniel Says:

Jees, Djoko eyes of the tiger, second right touch the line by a hair


Daniel Says:

Moment of the truth for Fed, 5-3 serving for the set. Unbelievable sentence a few minutes back


FedExpress Says:

15-0


Daniel Says:

15-15, where are your aces Fed?


FedExpress Says:

15-15

i am nervous


calmdownplease Says:

Novak’s level has fallen for sure and Roger has improved, more relaxed!
but he still has to get off that BL more
He’s losing all of the rallies there


FedExpress Says:

30-15

if fed could have served more easier


FedExpress Says:

30-30

come on federer


calmdownplease Says:

Lubicic looks like he has explosives stuck to the underside of his chair
C’mon Roger serve it out
Yes 30-40


FedExpress Says:

SP

mirka cant watch


Daniel Says:

Serving and volley on second serve 30-30 5-3, Fed is brave. Set point


Daniel Says:

Djoko painting the line


FedExpress Says:

gone


FedExpress Says:

federer with a nole passing shot


Daniel Says:

Nice passing shot. Djoko receive a ball in no and land, shot and muddle court


FedExpress Says:

these cahllengen killin me


Daniel Says:

Djojo is precise on hawkeye today, serve out by a hair. Again deuce


calmdownplease Says:

More BL passivity
Novak looking very dangerous again
great shot previous from Fed its do or die
If he is broken the match is done


FedExpress Says:

fed has to take this set now


calmdownplease Says:

YES!

& PHEW


Giles Says:

Not eyes of the tiger but eyes of Satan.


jatin Says:

Yeah, he gets the 3rd one atleast. I am happy :)


FedExpress Says:

take a bow fed for ur figthing spirit. u may not win this match but u r a winner in my eyes


Daniel Says:

And he got the third.

Much more like the 2, another 4th set in Slams.

Exect Djoko serving first to take care of business now. Unless he is pissed with himself for allowing Fed town this set and this affects his mind a bit.

Let’s see if Fed will be able to hold his serve as well.


calmdownplease Says:

Roger has the worst best of 5 record of the (real) top 4

But it would be awesome to see him take this one to the wire


Pauly Says:

Finally some life in Federer


Humble Rafa Says:

FedExpress Says:
take a bow fed for ur figthing spirit. u may not win this match but u r a winner in my eyes

Getting 1 set now equals winning a grandslam. Power of low standards.


mat4 Says:

Fed made the best of his chances in this set. I hope it won’t happen in the fourth… and last set of this match.


FedExpress Says:

wtf are they doing now. dirsupting all feds momentum


FedExpress Says:

they are closing the roof. nooooooooooo


Gypsy Gal Says:

Purlease Mr Camera Man keep it away from BBs ugly mug,id look at IL,Mirka or anyone else….

Anyhow fantastic to see Fed eeking out that 3rd set,Novaks level has certainly dipped,Novak does have a tendancy to do that in his GS matches….


van orten Says:

As a fed fan . Not anti – nole fan I am very pleased to see a fourth set . Alone the expressions anti- fed or anti nole.. Jesus


Daniel Says:

Eating some Lindt balls while the roof closes:-)


Vinod Says:

roof … who has advantage now ??


mat4 Says:

Federer.


calmdownplease Says:

So who is Lindt?

lol


FedExpress Says:

nope. nole has a mental break now to recover and refocus.

but feds serve is not upto the mark. not many free points


Pauly Says:

Djokovic is angry
He thought he’d win by now
But Federer can play when in top form


jatin Says:

Fed is one of the best players indoors. Could this rain delay allow fed some time to think or could he hinder his level of play ??

Already a winner in our eyes.. Well said fedexpress


calmdownplease Says:

It will be slower with the roof closed.
But as Fed is shanking he might be assisted by this development still.


FedExpress Says:

novak had many blips vs fed and lost a set in such fashion only to bounce back in the next set

like wimb 14 after the 4th set choke, like wim 15 after the 2nd set choke


Humble Rafa Says:

Already a winner in our eyes..

You guys should turn off the TV and imagine that the Arrogant One has won the Aus Open. So much BS, the world can’t tolerate.


calmdownplease Says:

I assume that the oncoming storm has produced a lot of swirls in the court and maybe that is why Fed has shanked so much in a slam semi


FedExpress Says:

is it even raining?


Vinod Says:

0-30 ? cant capitalize


calmdownplease Says:

This WILL be over in four….


FedExpress Says:

everytime.they same


calmdownplease Says:

it’s too easy again


FedExpress Says:

cant capitalize. fed feeling now the pressure that something i possible hence the misses


Van Persie Says:

Van Orten: If Fed looses, you are the only Fed fan from this “forum”, for whom I will feel sorry


FedExpress Says:

and playing catch doesnt help either

and break for nole and it could be 4-1 in no time

regardless fed made his fans proud.


Daniel Says:

Djoko missing a challenge


Daniel Says:

Nice point, difficult overhead


Daniel Says:

love game by Fed, that’s more like it.


Daniel Says:

Djoko not coming to the net much today, he should serve and volley once and a while as well, just to not get rusty there.


calmdownplease Says:

The S & V from Novak has been an excellent addition as has BB.
But he really isn’t a natural at the net, although he does a pretty good impression of one now
Before Becker, he almost never went there


Daniel Says:

Djoko aim Fed’s body, but it was the right shot, no space for a passing shot at that position.


Daniel Says:

What a second serve by Fed.


Daniel Says:

Djoko gets angry at himself for the first time with his BH error at 30-30 second serve. 3-3.


FedExpress Says:

hmm


FedExpress Says:

3-3 break him fed. losing by serving to stay in the match would kill me


calmdownplease Says:

I think Federer was simply rushed by Novak at the start and for the first 2 sets
It’s what Novak does
Andy Murray knows ALL ABOUT IT.


Daniel Says:

Djoko missing more, kind of respecting Fed more. He fell from that amazing level was at the start of the match and it’s more close now. Still slightly better but not so much as first 2 sets.


Daniel Says:

4-3 and all service games matters now, set entering in decisive part. Fed will serve under pressure until the end if they keep on serve.


FedExpress Says:

the next service game will be nervy


Daniel Says:

Wow Djoko, Fed wrong footed him and he still was able to making the passing shot.


Vinod Says:

0-30 :(


Daniel Says:

Damm, this is it. 2 points Fed could have won and lost at the net after passing shots. 0-30, serve more than ever.


FedExpress Says:

game over


Daniel Says:

Novak gifting a second serve FH at the net


Daniel Says:

Federer magic and why he is GOAT!!!! Unbelievable


jatin Says:

WHAT WAS THAT ROGER .. WOW WOW


Vinod Says:

what a point !!


Daniel Says:

Ir was virtual match point


Daniel Says:

Damm, net cord killinf Fed. BP


Tom Says:

Daniel, Feds is going down. Stop pumping yourself up. I’ll take bets about a bagel or breadstick in the 5th if Feds gets there. It’s been cute watching you type frantically trying to will Feds through your keyboard. LOL!!!


Daniel Says:

Fed went crazy and serve way too short for serve and volley. Djoko serving for the match!


Vinod Says:

That’s it ..


Daniel Says:

I know he is losing Tom, just that match got interesting.


Daniel Says:

Flawless game by Djoko!


Gypsy Gal Says:

Tom if Federer had won this i doubt we wouldve seen you for dust,easy to turn up and trash when your favorite wins though….


mat4 Says:

Another final. After all these years, I can’t believe that Novak is the no 1 yet.


Van Persie Says:

Congrats Noole! Well done!

Van Orten chill man and enjoy the rest of your vacation.
Hope to “see” you here againa.


Vinod Says:

Djoko gets his 11 th slam whoever he meets


jatin Says:

Congratulations Novak for the great win. Some great points by fed but one unlucky shot at the net.
Anyway. Its kind of expected. So it doesn’t hurt anymore..


Pauly Says:

Bad net cord
But not good enough tonight


Patson Says:

For me, the act of telling the story and showing it to somebody is almost gravy. (Originally Confucious, but more recently Joss Whedon)

Good night everyone, or day depending on where you are.

Ajde Nole !


Daniel Says:

And he does it, 6th AO final and 18 straight final dating back to Doha 2015. Amazing Novak!!!

Postive HxH versus everybody know, fifth straight major final chasing Fed’s 8 and 10th now.Record 6th AO final in Open Era I think.

And sorry but can’t see anybody challenging him there, maybe Raonic with his serve. Big serves are the ones who can trouble him, because if Murray is losing sets to Sousa, Ferrer he sure will lose to Djoko.

#11 is getting close, 3 in a row and going for Djoko Slam. No signs of stepping down anytime soon for world #1.

Amazing time for tennis right now!!


Tom Says:

34>28. Fed just can’t hang with No1e anymore. It’s going to start turning into can Fed take a set in the major now. Off to work I go. Thanks No1e for making it timely. :-) Браво Мајсторе! Најболи на света!


Gypsy Gal Says:

Anyway congrats to the sensible Novak,the ones that are here through good times and bad,not the bandwagoners….

And commies to the sensible Federer fans….


van orten Says:

I am completely Zen ..the problem instead of talking how great nole is everyone will start trashing roger now..retire no chance Time is over etc…karma is coming soon


J-Kath Says:

Congrats Nole….and to your happy fans.


FedExpress Says:

congratz again nole fans. better player overall won.

fed, u came late to the party. but u fought like a lion. still 3 GS and some big tournaments to go this year.


madmax Says:

Loved the fight back in the third set!

That’s my boy!

So proud of Fed.

Business end of tournaments, always in with a chance.

That shot that Fed hit, down the line back hand winner. Whoooaaahhhh. Fantastic!

Novak! Congrats! You were and are the best!

Of course the inevitable interview will provide more information about the first two sets and why Fed seemed a bit flat. It is simple really. Novak was just the better player and it took a while before Fed found his groove.

But groove he did.

Looking forward to Dubai now.

The final – No one can stop Novak. Really. No one can.


mat4 Says:

Novak hasn’t won the AO yet. It would be foolish to dismiss Andy and Milos right away. I don’t think that Novak plays especially well, but he wisely used the fact that Roger was tense at the beginning of the match, and felt the moments when he needed to accelerate. But he’s far from his best.


Tom Says:

Gypsy, no need to get salty. Here’s more salt…Feds can only pray someone takes No1e down for him. And Rafa… needs to get out of the first round before we discuss him again. You all discuss this. I am walking out the door now to work. See ya!


Daniel Says:

Love this on court interview, Djoko playing with Courrier due to his approach going after him after questions.

Damm, this is Djoko’s 19th major final, surpassing Sampras and tying Lendl, only Nadal (20) and Federer (26) have more. Pretty sire he will surpass Nadal this season as he averages 3 Slams finals per year since 2011.

Actually he reached 17 Slams finals of the last 21, missing only RG 11′, Wimby 12′, AO 14′ and USO 14′.


madmax Says:

jatin Says:
Congratulations Novak for the great win. Some great points by fed but one unlucky shot at the net.
Anyway. Its kind of expected. So it doesn’t hurt anymore..

January 28th, 2016 at 6:02 am

Same Jatin


Dave Says:

Mat4, I don’t think we were watching the same match. The first 2 sets, Nole was lights out.


calmdownplease Says:

‘because if Murray is losing sets to Sousa, Ferrer he sure will lose to Djoko…’

Huh?
Novak was taken to 5 by Simon
He lost a set with Sousa due to the Sears incident otherwise it was cruise control
No Im not writing Andy or Raonic off just yet
I want to see the other semi first
Usually at this tournament Andy plays amazing stuff at the start only to underwhelm at the end, this time he’s gotten better and better , I like this pregression more. And whats more he is not past it the way Fed is who should reitre no chance …whose time is over…
😜


madmax Says:

Tom Says:
Gypsy, no need to get salty. Here’s more salt…Feds can only pray someone takes No1e down for him. And Rafa… needs to get out of the first round before we discuss him again. You all discuss this. I am walking out the door now to work. See ya!

January 28th, 2016 at 6:09 am

Tom, why the churlish, childish behaviour?

Fed has done and is doing great. His time has been and gone, but newsflash. Fed fans know and we are okay with that.

Time waits for no man, but strangely, Fed has prolonged his and as Gypsy said, he is there for the love of the game, the competitive spirit, the fire in his belly.

and we love him.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Tom your nothing more than a bandwagoner,easy to follow a winner,easy when alls going well,Novak will probably win this title now,and fantastic if he does as he will be tying Borg and Laver , but if the unexpected happens and he loses you will be gone most probably,real fans follow through good and bad times….

As for Rafa no argument there….


Daniel Says:

I kind of wish Raonic to reach finals to have a contrast in style as Novak hasn’t faced any big serves this AO.

Because I feel that Murray won’t be up for the task and we’ll got a similar result to last year. But one can hope, it will be devastating for Murray to lose yet another AO final so either he goes to finals and win or lose semis and let Raonic try the impossible tennis right now, beat Djokovic in an Australian Open final!


Van Persie Says:

Van orten, you have to get used to this: the most Fed fans are trashing Nole, and therefore the most Nole fans do the same with Fed…


van orten Says:

Tom I d like to meet eye to eye . U could explain some salt there too ..chicken ?


Dave Says:

CDP, I agree with you. Nole still has to win the last match. Tonight was a match up problem for Federer, which I have written about before. Nole has no fear of Federer, and shows it more all the time. I actually think Raonic has just as good a chance against Nole as Murray does. I would say Raonic has a better chance than Murray to beat Nole, but I know how a lot of players play in a grand slam finals when it is their first ever slam final. The nerves get to them a lot of times. Murray has been to many slam finals and wouldn’t have that same issue.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Van Orton,Tom told me at the FO last year that anyone thinking Murray or Wawarinka or anyone else had a chance against Novak were wishfull thinkers and just being childish,then Wawa beat Nole in the final and then puff gone hmm….


Pauly Says:

No one will beat Djokovic
He’s lucky he isn’t playing GILES SIMON
he was the only one who gave him
Big trouble
Look I think after this loss Roger will possibly contemplate
Retirement … It’s sad but if you can’t win slams no more why play ?
The other one will also think of retirement after the clay court season no doubt … The famous butt picker !

Djokovic is in his prime can’t see anyone beating him after this effort tonight … He will win 11th slam & go after French open bigtime Coz that’s the one he wants most of all !

Can he get all 4 this year plus Olympics gold medal ?
YES HE CAN
who’s gonna stop him ?
Grandpa ? Butt picker? NO WAY

Only Wawrinka if he finds top form

Djokovic will win 18 majors I think ?

GOAT Djokovic


van orten Says:

So where do fed fans trash nole again ??


Daniel Says:

cdp,

if a player that reaches 2 Slams finals and semis in his last 3 should retire what should Murray do who in his last 3 Slams reached semis, 4th round and so far semis (chance of final)? C’mon some perspective… Fed’s problem is not the tour, is Djokovic and so is anybody else right now, including Murray.
If Murray ends up losing a 5th AO final (4th final to Djoko) than he should never play AO again because that would be an unbeatable record.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Pauly butt picker no way?sorry but i have a hard time believing your a Nadal fan,no Rafa fan calls their own favorite that :((….


Gbati Says:

I predicted a Novak win in 4 sets but I surely didn’t expect Novak to play against Federer the way he did in the 1st and 2nd sets(Beast Mode). With this performance his status as favourite has just gone higher. A great win for Novak. Looking forward to the other semi-final and of course the final. As a Nole fan, I hope he wins this grandslam


Daniel Says:

Agree Dave, Raonic could be tense and the final be a washout, but also he has a big weapon and if he is clicking can put Djoko in some uncomfortable situation, something Novak never faced before, a big server in a Slam final.

For Murray Djoko’s level would have to be really off for him to have a chance, we forgot that Djoko is 10-1 last 11 matches and going by the same logic of Slams results you used Dave, Murray should have no chance, lost last 3 Slams matches.

Djoko will be the huge favorite regardless, he has the mental edge.


Van Persie Says:

Van Orten, One clear example: US Open final 2015….regarding behavior of Fed fans….


Travis Bickle Says:

Poor Federer…
This was, what, 3rd or 4th big match in a row against Novak that Roger shows “amazing form” according to media and his fans, gets his hopes really high, and ends up with crushing defeat. tsk, tsp, tsk.

I’d feel sorry for a guy in such a predicament but it’s frankly impossible to feel sorry for an arrogant douchebag. He called Novak “a joke” and this is now continuous and painful payback!

PS
23-22


jane Says:

happy birthday daniel!

wow, novak was so darn awesome those first two sets!! then a valiant fighback from fed to make the last two sets much more tense, for me anyhow.

as for the next semi, last time milos played andy in a slam i believe he was sort of thrashed? it’ll be interesting to gage his game’s evolution.


Wog Boy Says:

Soo,
The GOAT tried SABR …didn’t work, tried to camouflage by growing beard so Nole thinks that he actually doesn’t play The GOAT…didn’t work, tried to take Nole’s “friend” Ljubiguzić and strategically positioned him in his box to irritate Nole and still didn’t work…what’s next.

First teo sets was schooling.. third set was “ok, here is your toy, don’t cry”..fourth set was “ok, I have more important things to do, game over”…


Gbati Says:

6:25AM: I think you’ve got a point there. Even I thought that was quite harsh@Gypsy Gal


Gbati Says:

Quite a good deal of funny comments above. LOL


Giles Says:

Hey Pauly aka Zozza. Why are you ashamed to admit you’re a faker fan, eh?


Daniel Says:

I am eagerly curious to see how the Nole braggers will be in a few years time when Djoko is past his prime and losing to somebody, because believe me, it will happen!!

Same that is happening to Nadal, remember several of his “fans” here, nadalista, zola, Steve 27, mem, roy and even Brando and they all vanished for a while now. Seems this types only shows up only through good times.

Time will be the judge!


Giles Says:

Too much gloating from the faker fans. Waiting patiently for him to lose. Might come as soon as this weekend.


FedExpress Says:

gosh, murray has already reached 4 AO final and he could well lose his 5th. scary


mat4 Says:

@Travis, WB:

Damn! You’re so cruel! ;-)


calmdownplease Says:

Fed’s problem is not the tour, is Djokovic and so is anybody else right now, including Murray.’

These fed fans are really getting my goat (sic)!

Even Daniel

Joking of course.

It’s always the same, however, the mantra, uh oh fed lost so if he cant do it no one can.

I’m sorry did we see the same match here?
Federer was poor.
I would even say he had lost the match before he stepped on the court!
His tactics were non-existent, and he was amazingly passive most of the time trying to compete with Novak from the BL
Why why why why?
When he actually remembered that he could play tennis he actually got somewhere winning that set but I never thought he had a chance at any point.
It’s obvious!
He’s nearly 35 all good things and that
To me, he has benefitted almost as much from Murray and Nadal’s awolness as Novak did
he is simply not fit to be the main challenger to Novak
I’m sorry but its common sense!
Dave, I don’t think Raonic has a chance against Novak he would be far too nervous in his first final also.


Wog Boy Says:

Daniel,
We will be probably the same as Roger’s braggers, no?

What goes around comes around…there is plenty of Roger’s braggers who disappeared from TX, no selective memory please, pointing finger only at Rafa fans is wrong, very much so.


Wog Boy Says:

When ever I see red skin rashes behind Roger’s ear’s, I know he is done…they appeared in the second set.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Wogboy finger pointing at Rafa fans is wrong,and your right all fan bases have their own share of braggers,hero worshippers,and bandwagoners,and its certainly not exclusive to Rafa fans so thanks for that,and congrats to your favorite on another GS final….


calmdownplease Says:

your right all fan bases have their own share of braggers,hero worshippers,and bandwagoners’

Well Andy doesn’t.
He is simply not successful enough for that!


Daniel Says:

yes Wog Boy, I am just curious to see who those poster will be.

Regarding Nadal fans it’s because were evident who those were and they were fewer and Nadal is the “down player” of the moment. Fed is still relevant (not against Djoko;-)
This site was always more pro Fed so is hard to know everybody and most of the people who left, left for other reasons as well, during Fed’s years, like Grendel and others.

From the back of my mind, I remember that other Dave who used to post very long posts, gannu (but I think he stopped by today).

Jane could help me on this, or even you if you remember a few. But mostly are still here. MMT, me, Skeezer, Ben, Michael, Van often, FedExpress…
There were even some Djoko fans that vanished or changed monikers, Duro, Bojana and others.


Dave Says:

I’m actually looking forward to Nole being in his 30′s. I see him playing amazing tennis in his 30′s just like Roger has in his 30′s. Nole hasn’t had any major injuries and really takes care of his body. So to me I would be extremely surprised if Nole just fell off a cliff in 2 years and wasn’t playing at a very high level anymore. Daniel I respect your comments. In my opinion though, it’s wishful thinking by many Fed fans. Nole takes care of his body and I just don’t see him all of a sudden having a physical meltdown when he stretches an hour or 2 everyday has an amazing diet and is learning to be more and more aggressive every year under Becker. This will extend his career and shorten points and matches more and more as he learns from Becker. If Agassi who wasn’t even in close to as good of shape, can win majors in his 30′s and make a slam final at 35, so can Nole. Agassi was my favorite player for many years and didn’t have the physical gifts of Nole, but still managed to pull off some amazing things in his 30′s.


calmdownplease Says:

@WB

I didn’t need to see that for me to know
he looked done from early game one!


Wog Boy Says:

GG,

Thanks and my pleasure, the biggest problem with lot of Roger fans is the same as Roger’s, they think they different than other human beings and above them, but they are not, at the and of the day we are just that, fragile human beings.


Gypsy Gal Says:

It might be all gravy for Roger,and he might be playing now for the love of the game etc etc,but these players are great champions with huge egos,so i very much doubt he enjoys coming this far over and over again to keep falling short at the last hurdle,i dont bye into that its BS,he loves playing still at 34 but he wants to keep winning,and keep winning these big titles especially the majors….


Wog Boy Says:

CDP,

I was always a bit slow..


Daniel Says:

My point is the ones who seems to brag the most during victory days and only use the internet to brag are the ones who disappear when things went bad, as if they can’t stand it. They may still be fans of tennis, and even the particular player, who knows. Or maybe just left for any other reason.


calmdownplease Says:

congrats to you Wog Boy.
Sadly I have to admit he looks very good for the final and number 11…


Wog Boy Says:

Daniel,

I am just in different mood now to go back and check which Roger fan dropped out of TX, too pleased with this night result to think about that, but I am sure somebody will come with the names.
BTW, if I am not mistaken MMT declare himself, the other day, no federer fan.


Daniel Says:

Yes Dave, I still think Djoko will have a similar career toFed, he is emulating his steps and path, even the record are looking more and more the same as time passes by.

When I say a few year time, I don’t mean, 2 or 3, I mean when Djoko will be pass his prime and losing to other players like Fed and Nadal are now and how some fans will react or if they will simply not post here anymore like many did before.

My point also is that Fed has more fans, this site has more Fed fans than others and statistically there will be more “loyal fans”, because I manly see the same guys here supporting him through good and bad.


Pauly Says:

GILES

Zozza ?

Who is he ?
Is he your boyfriend or girlfriend ?
You seem to always confuse me with him or her ?
You’re obsessed with zozza ?
No I’m not zozza birdbrain !

Well done Nole
From a Rafa & Federer & Wawrinka fan

Well done bravo Nole


calmdownplease Says:

Federer still has a chance to win 18!!!!

All he has to do is hope that abcdef…..wxyz occurs (‘K’meaning Novak Djokovic being kidnapped)
And bob’s your uncle!
He’s the undisputed GOAT again bi*ches!!!!


Gypsy Gal Says:

Daniel i wont go into it too much as i had this discussion the other day with Jane,but forums can be lonely places at times when its all about one particular player,and your favorite is struggling, as you feel irelevant as a poster and also feel like your getting in the way,and this isnt exclusive to any one particular fan base either,anyway enough said,PEACE AND HAPPY BIRTHDAY AGAIN ;))….


Wog Boy Says:

CFP,

Thanks, true, Nole played great tonight but so did Andy and Milos so far, final is final, they have to reset themselves and start from zero, it’s everybody’s to take.


Wog Boy Says:

^^CDP


Daniel Says:

Yes MMT is a fan of tennis, but at least during Fed’s hey days he was very positive of him. You don’t need to be fan or support only a particular player.

OK WogBoy, but see, you pointed me out that citing Rafa fans was wrong but I only used because it was easy and crystal clear. Enjoy today, Djoko was amazing first 2 sets and the thought that he actually can play better is scary.
Though his serve was impeccable and the sole game Fed broke he almost had to make it rain on court, literally.


Pauly Says:

Federer’s tactics were no where to be found … Why win the toss & receive ? He was too passive & simply could not beat Djokovic from the baseline !
It’s too late now … Let’s move on
Murray vs raonic ?
Whoever wins won’t matter … Djokovic will win easy


jatin Says:

Yeah madmaax.
And that shot from impossible position of fed is the highlight of the match for me. It is one of the best shot I have ever seen in a match.
I just love the fighting spirit of Roger. Even after accomplishing everything, he is there, fighting hard, even after so many crushing defeats. He just does not want to give up and who cares if he never beat Novak again. Its his fighting spirit and that positive mentality has made me his fan. You know what he will probably say in the next tournament he plays , ” I am very confident and ready to win again “, he just never gives up even at 34.
I was his fan ever since I saw him broke down after that crushing defeat against Rafa in Aussie open 2009. Never saw him playing in his prime. But always loved being his fan.
Time does not wait for anyone but he told me how to even fight against time and just follow your dreams. Its never too late.

Just play as much as you want Fed. Who cares if you are GOAT or not. You are just an amazing person and A remarkable tennis player who is admired by millions all over the world.

As for Novak, congratulations for making the final again. One of the best ever.


Daniel Says:

Pauly, I think Fed thought Djoko would start a bit off and wanted to check his serve game, particularly as he was not serving that great last too matches, It backfired completely.

Thanks GG. Yes, internet is a tricky thing, specially as the fan base decreases is more difficult to find support.

Today is Novak’s but as he is the player reaching all finals, he is the one most talked about, there is no denying that he IS men’s tennis right now.


Wog Boy Says:

Thanks Daniel


Pauly Says:

Jatin

Good post !
I was upset Coz I wanted to watch titanic struggle with Federer finally winning one against Djokovic in slam but it wasn’t to be we all must move on …

Djokovic in my opinion has 3 more good years left to crack 18 majors Coz I can’t see him winning slams age 32
It’s just too hard … As for Federer I really hope he wins Wimbledon this year & retires on high note !
What a way to go like Sampras did after the US open win against Agassi


calmdownplease Says:

No, Andy def has a shot at winning.
We haven’t seen a very high level from Andy for a long time to convince us he has one but I suspect we might over the coming days.
Novak was allowed to play perfect tennis with almost no resistance whatsoever. But with resistance, chinks of light appeared and a set was won.
Andy ‘simply’ has to play at his best level perhaps ever (and def before the surgery took him out)
He has to believe and quickly this time, not 3 sets in.
Then he has a punchers chance
If he can take Novak to 5 on clay, he can create opportunities for himself here


Wog Boy Says:

Daniel,
That is what Roger said in his press conference, that Nole usually picks up his level towards the end of the match but he surprised him and basically ran with the match.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Jatin its refreshing to here a poster say they love this or that player for themselves rather than loving them for their records,personally ive always thought the GOAT topic was so overated and beaten to the ground so much,that the more we talk about it the less i care about,and way too many different caveats to the topic anyway,ive always enjoyed the idea that we have a number of all time greats rather than one GOAT,but thats JMO,and it will no doubt all fall on deaf ears anyway….


Daniel Says:

As I say it Djoko can only beat himself this year, each year he gets more experienced and I bet he won’t let a Wawa RG final happen again.Of course he has emotions and all, but he know he is in the peak of his powers and today he was serene whole match apart from one single BH he made at 30-30 in a service game from Fed. In Wimby 2014 and 15 he was more tense versus Roger now you can see he is getting more and more relaxed. Even when he lost third set he wasn’t panicking like in RG final. He know the match was in his control.
Faced only 1 break game the whole match in which he was broken. That is the only “negative”he can take from this match.


Giles Says:

Yep Daniel, like the joker fans disappeared when Andy beat him in Wimby. Not a squeak out if them for a year, Just ask Jane and that nobody from down under.


Daniel Says:

Murray to have any chance in finals needs first set. If he loses it, a film will play in his head, not a good one.

WogBoy,

Yeah, is something similar that Nadal tries to do, start very strong against Novak, usually first few games are competitive and suddenly Novak gets his feet in the match. Also Novak has a timely ability to keep improving his return game as the match goes on, suddenly hitting deep int the baseline, that famous FH crosscourt which he alms made a similar one today and return winner.


calmdownplease Says:

Murray to have any chance in finals needs first set. If he loses it, a film will play in his head, not a good one.’

Agreed.
Unfortunately, Novak could drop the first 2 and still win.
If we see Andy beat Raonic handily we could be in for a cracker
Although like most others I’m not a big fan of their match up when they do the mirror image thing from the BL
Andy really must not trade blows from the there the way the hapless federer did!
More variety, pace, and net play please!
Novak is looking simply imperious from that position.


Dave Says:

Another thing I am noticing, is as time goes on, Nole is getting more and more comfortable in match-ups against Federer, Nadal and Murray. I still don’t think he has proven he is comfortable in head to head match-ups in major against Stan. It seems like other guys outside of Federer, Nadal and Murray have a better chance of pulling off an upset(example 7-5 in the 5th set against Anderson, Now Simon 6-3 in the 5th set. Andy is really the only one that has taken him to 5 sets at the French Open last year of Nadal, Federer and Murray. Nole seems to be able to super focus against most of his main rivals now, and it seems that he is getting better and better against them. I still think Andy can be Nole’s main rival in the years to come. Having a child will change Andy and just because Nole is 10 and 1 in the last 11 match-ups, he will never take Murray lightly.


calmdownplease Says:

I wish people would just STOP saying Novak will win everything
I’ve heard this every year now for what 4!
He won’t but he could well dominate yet again.


calmdownplease Says:

You know it’s funny but Novak and Roger DID have those runs of wins against Andy MAGICALLY after a certain event took place.
Andy has caught up now with the tour, he’s fit and not over the hill, this shoi=uld be his best showing at the AO.
He should, at least, give Novak hell and go out with a fight.
I don’t want to see some weird collapse occurring yet again


Dave Says:

CDP, I agree. Nothing is guaranteed and nothing should be taken for granted. Nole isn’t looking that far ahead. He is just trying to enjoy every momment on the court.


Gypsy Gal Says:

I Think we should all hold off a minute,Andy hasnt even made the final yet,talk about jumping ahead….


calmdownplease Says:

Novak has sustained this high level for an abnormally long amount of time, but it is easier to do when the competition is so limp.
But even Fed in his weak era days couldn’t pull off 4 slams on the trot. So I don’t think we can just hand Novak the year again
At least not yet.
One thing is for certain, however.
And that is Novak has effectively retired Fedal from the scene.


calmdownplease Says:

Well, I personally got tired of saying IF he gets to the final GG
But it’s on record, at least 😀


Gypsy Gal Says:

The pikey from Yorkshire has looked into her crystal ball and sees a Scottish tennis player possibly beating a Canadian player,and possibly beating a Serbian to win the AO and the first GS of the year,and his wife will give birth to either a boy or a girl,all possibly,you heard it here first(one of the most tiresome over used cliches,ive ever heard on this forum)….


jatin Says:

Pauly

I think he will have a chance in Wimbledon for sure. But we have a lot of tournaments to enjoy before that major. This is Olympic year after afterall.
Lets see what fed and Ivan try and practice to tackle Novak for the rest of the year :)

Thank you Gypsy gal. Lets enjoy tennis as long as our fav’s play without bothering about who is the GOAT. I agree with you.
Hope you doing great these days.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Jatin TBH even if Novak surpasses Rafa,ive made peace with all,hes still an all time great with multiple GS on all surfaces,so im happy,ive also such alot of stuff going on in the real world and such alot to look forward to this year,its all cool,HAPPY DAYS….


calmdownplease Says:

Well, you’re my favourite Pikey GG dear.

I don’t know about all of this Yorkshire stuff, however.

I mean, is that even really England?!


BBB Says:

I like Djokovic, but it’s by no means a foregone conclusion that he’ll win the title. Just as predicting outcomes based on recent form has proven fallible, assuming he’ll cruise to victory is likewise ill-advised – e.g., French Open. I thought for sure he’d beat Stan on clay, but nope.

I think Djokovic prefers being the underdog. If so, the hype about Federer helps him, and being painted the heavy favorite hurts him.


Wog Boy Says:

BBB,

I agree with you about Nole prefers to be underdog, but I really think that he evolved with Boris Becker, he changed, not just tennis wise, but as a person, I don’t know how to put it in English but I can see the change.


calmdownplease Says:

@WB

matured?


Gypsy Gal Says:

CDP Thanks lol i think?
Us Yorkshire folk have a language all of our own….


Tom Says:

Oh boy, tough talk from some people here (really van orten? Over criticizing Feds? Eye-to-eye? HA! Northwest Chicago area if you dare face my 6’5″ frame. Easy to be a keyboard warrior you DB. Get a life loser). Can we stop with the “Feds has a chance” nonsense. The only “chance” Feds has is if someone beats No1e for him. I’m just stunned that Feds is the only one giving No1e a battle (with the occasional Stan sighting and performance-out-of-nowhere like Simon). I’m hoping Djokovic sweeps everything this year but weird things can happen like Stan beating him in Paris last year (and that awful attire, oh that was tough to look at. Nice try Gypsy. I took the abuse after the FO and made fun of Stan’s attire. I just always post because I have a life and a job, family, vacation, etc….). The only thing you Fed fans have to look forward to is the best of 3 tournies and Cincy since No1e just can’t get over that surface there. I know it’s tough watching an aging hero lose to a nemesis who’s got years on him. That’s why I’m gloating now and will take the abuse later. And no bandwagon references towards me. We Eastern Europeans stand by our players/teams. Cultural thing. Now if you excuse me, time to get some work done (Chicago traffic btw- priceless). Sulk away slappies…


madmax Says:

Van Orten!

You are the dogs! Great comment.


Wog Boy Says:

CDP,

Is that a correct word, well my bad my English, sorry.


calmdownplease Says:

It sure is
look it up
And yeah Novak has matured into a world killer
and will at some point ascend into legend!


Gypsy Gal Says:

Tom yeah whatever….


BBB Says:

WB: I know what you’re saying and I agree. What impresses me the most about Djokovic is his willingness to evolve. I thought he was a bit of a loser in the early days – the fitness issues, the whiny attitude. But when there’s a problem he faces it and tries to fix it. So, the fitness has improved, along with the diet, and the mentality as well. He used to let it get to him when the crowd was against him; now he accepts it as part of the deal. In that vein, I think is working on overcoming the pressure issues. He wasn’t able to do it against Stan, but he’s done it in other big matches.

I love Safin, but I don’t agree with his remarks about Djokovic. The very fact that it wasn’t foreseen for him to be this dominant doesn’t mean the sport is lacking; in this case, Djokovic has adopted a very disciplined, professional approach that’s paying dividends, because it’s coupled with great athleticism.

There was an interview with Roger Rasheed the other day, and all he talked about with the young Aussies was the lack of “process” around their preparation. That’s what Djokovic has in spades. Very commendable.


Margot Says:

Daniel@6.23am
Yes, kind of what I’m thinking :(


Giles Says:

NO just NO! Joker does not prefer being the underdog. His big fat ego will not allow that to happen.

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